Spring 2013 brought to the completion major hull repairs, new teak deck and systems updates to a beautiful Swan 45 deep keel sailing yacht.
Over the winter of 2011, our Carpentry and Fiberglass Shops performed an extensive core and outer skin replacement to the starboard quarter damaged in an accident with a Baltic 51. The extremely thin skins and lightweight nature of the vessel made this repair particularly challenging leaving no room for margin of error. Upon completion of the fiberglass repairs the
topsides were completely painted with Awlgrip®.
While the hull was undergoing repairs the carbon fiber spars were moved to the Spray Shed to be inspected and given a new clear coat finish. The vessels electronics were updated with the latest software. All the systems were inspected and serviced with many components upgraded.
After suffering another accident over the summer of 2012, this same vessel was back in the shop for an extensive repair to the bottom. The 10,600 lb. ballast keel was removed to facilitate repairs to the interior hull-stiffening grid. To complicate the job, the salon area had to be fully gutted including most of the electrical system. The vessel’s battery bank, distribution and charging systems were located directly above the keel bolts necessitating a complete removal of those vital systems. Additionally, the fuel, water and sewage tanks and associated joinery required removal to facilitate the hull repairs. In addition to the hull repairs a new teak deck was laid and the vessel painted from the rail up with Awlgrip®.
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With the fiberglass repairs completed and faired, Awlgrip 545 primer is applied.
After being moved to the Spray Shop, the topsides received a new Awlgrip paint job.
The boats weight sitting on post while the ballast keel is removed to perform the hull repairs.
The shape of the keel required a cradle be fabricated to hold the keel upright during repairs.
Fracturing of the adhesive used to bond the structural grid to the hull.
The interior grid after the completion of the structural repairs and cosmetics. Note the keel bolt holes.
With the ballast reinstalled, the hull/keel joint was fiberglassed and faired ready for paint.
After the grid was repaired all the removed wiring and components had to be reinstalled.
The boat spent the winter in the Carpentry Shop while undergoing the repairs.
The carpenters fitting the new teak deck prior to the deck being glued to the sub-deck.
The Sea Coast Mission’s boat Sunbeam was hauled on our outside railway for a complete paint job. While she was on the ways, our carpenters tied up the loose ends of an ongoing ship’s office upgrade for the medical staff.
A complete rebuild and restoration of a vintage varnished mahogany 22 ft. Chris Craft Cadet built in the 1920s. This rebuild included a complete new bottom, keel, forefoot, transom, deck and interior. Where the boat was intended to be “dry boated”, a modern cold molded mahogany bottom was installed, with the inner layer running in the original direction to mimic the original appearance when looking in the bilge.
Aside from the carpentry work, the engine and driveline, as well as all the wiring, tanks and plumbing were removed, inspected, repaired and/or replaced as required. The hardware was re-chromed and new “rolled and pleated” leather seats and cushions installed.
The Paint Shop did an exquisite job of refinishing this beauty, including returning the name in spun gold leaf, in the original Chris Craft script, to the transom. She looked like a piece of fine furniture when completed.